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It’s all too common to have a fleet of dormant cars taking up space at the shop. They are usually comprised of personal project cars, delinquent customer cars, and long-term never-ending builds. High car count typically means excessive storage fees, long lead times, and headaches resulting from trying to remember every last detail about the cars. You are probably saying “Yes” to too many projects and also not charging enough for your services. You may be bringing in projects before they are actually ready to be worked on and accepting projects that exceed your skill set. Plus, you probably hate...

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In this post, we will document the work flow necessary to manage a job from start to finish. Thankfully, this process is essentially the same for all of us, regardless of what kind of cars you work on or what you do to them. Below are 6 steps that should occur with every build. It is critical that each step be optimized to ensure the vehicle passes through the shop as quickly as possible. This means setting clear expectations and goals for the person responsible for each step. Think about which person is responsible for each step and make sure they...

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If you read the 3-part blog post about Shop Management, you should be comfortable with the idea of creating specific tasks for your work and tracking time on those tasks. Having that information helps you make decisions on which tasks make the most money and which tasks you may not want to perform. In this blog, I am going to show how to utilize the information you collect. I want to break down how you can use time tracking to analyze employee performance and I will be showing the times from my shop as an example. To start, the tech...

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Preface Anyone in the automotive performance world has to work with machine shops at some point or another. They have been around as long as people have been building engines. Interestingly, with so many performance shops doing tuning, performance upgrades, and engine building, the assumption would be that quality performance oriented machine shops would be equally as prevalent. In my experience, this has been far from reality. But the question I ask is, why? There are some excellent memes on social media related to performance shops that go like the following:   With such a demand for quality work, the...

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Introduction   Evolution Dynamics is a relatively small shop just outside of Dallas, TX specializing in the Mitsubishi Evo platform.  It has anywhere from 20-30 cars at the shop and between 15-20 engines being built at any given time.  Handling 15-20 engine builds can be a daunting task if you only have 1 person building the engines.  Keeping the parts straight, knowing what each customer wants, and various components going to different machine shops adds to the difficulty of getting every engine exactly right.  To top it off, building race engines isn't just putting parts together using manufacturer supplied specs. ...

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